I have no idea what I did before I knitted! Well, I do, but life began anew when I married Whitney, had Christian, adopted Yoga - and someone handed me some knitting needles and said to get on with it. An on with it I did!
Here are 5 compelling reasons you need to get in the game as well. As the old adage says, "You ain't S__T, if you don't knit!"
1) It’s Therapeutic: Whether it's on a long flight or airport delays, when I have my knitting needles in hand...I stay calm! Hawaii, Spain, Ireland, Arizona and New York City are just a few places my needles have come to the rescue recently. Knitting is a stress release, and can help with depression, eating disorders, and arthritic hands. There is even a "Knit to Quit" group to help stop smoking.
2) It’s Creative: Unlike the therapeutic benefits, knitting can result in tangible and useful products for yourself and others. Plus, there is exquisite yarn available now in stores and online.
3) It’s Fun: I’ve met so many knitting friends, young and old, women and men! I attended the Vogue Knitting show in NYC, went on a knitting retreat, and meet my friends at Starbucks to knit all the time. You can even take a knitting cruise! Did you know you can join a "Stitch and Bitch" group? Did you see the recent Jimmy Kimmel Show, when he caught a male audience member knitting?
4) It’s Sustainable: There are so many beautiful and natural fibers, from Alpaca Wool, organic cotton, linen, silk, mohair. My friend Katie showed me how to spin my own yarn; you can even dye your own yarn. Years ago I started a Knit-a-Latte group at starbucks, other knitting groups all over the world joined us and we shipped over 15,000 beanies to Africa. Look who ended up with my beanie!
5) It's Good for Your Brain - In a 2011 study, researchers at the Mayo Clinic interviewed a random sample of 1,321 people ages 70 to 89, most of whom were cognitively normal, about the cognitive activities they engaged in late in life. The study, published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, found that those who engaged in crafts like knitting and crocheting had a diminished chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and memory loss.
To read more about the benefits check out this New York Times article.